Volunteering & Soccer: An Unforgettable Combination
For PPL volunteer Ben, being involved in the community and giving back is important. Last year, his search for a meaningful way to spend his time outside of work led him to PPL’s after-school youth program in New Hope, where he was able to build strong relationships with youth and support their academic growth. He became a committed weekly volunteer for the spring semester, and says “I loved volunteering there! The other volunteers were all super great, kind people, and the kids were amazing; so full of love and appreciation. It was a really fulfilling, awesome experience for me.”

Ben’s fondest memory of PPL is an impromptu soccer game at a family event: “kids from three to 15 years old, boys and girls, running around barefoot, playing together and using trees as the goalposts. That was an incredible experience, and it’s a memory that’s stuck with me.” After the semester was over, while reflecting on his time spent there and the resources and means he had available, he decided he wanted to give his new young friends in New Hope an experience they wouldn’t forget. “I really felt a desire to invest in those kids, take them out to a game, and do something they might not do regularly – something I would have liked when I was their age.”
New to the Team
Meet Kevin!
Kevin is an intern from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School working in PPL's volunteer department this school year.

His superpower is getting the job done quickly (and correctly!) and his favorite parts of working at PPL are being able to help others and meeting staff from many different departments.

Someday, he hopes to become either a mathematician or a professional soccer player for Mexico's national team or FC Barcelona!
Volunteer Opportunities
PPL Ambassador
Are you a long-term PPL volunteer or very familiar with PPL's programs?

We are looking for PPL ambassadors interested in tabling at fairs and community events. If you like talking to people about the work PPL does and promoting our opportunities to get involved, you're a perfect fit!

Contact Julie if you're interested.
STEP UP Trainings - Registration
STEP UP provides training and summer jobs for 600+ youth from Minneapolis families with low incomes.
PPL has trained STEP UP interns for the past 7 years. But we can’t do it without you! 

Saturday April 7 th and Saturday April 14 th , 8-10am 

R egistration volunteers work as a team at tables to check off student names as they arrive, or in the halls to help direct students to classes. 

Bonus! $25 gift card after completing both days!

Contact Caitlin to sign up or for questions.
Food Rescue
PPL participants rely on weekly bread donations, but we currently don't have a volunteer in this role. Can you help us?

Tuesdays, 7:45-8:15pm : Pick up donation at Rustica Bakery and store overnight.

Wednesdays, time flexible within 8am-5pm: Deliver to PPL Service Center.

Contact Caitlin if you're interested!
Donation Items Needed
Diaper Drive
Diapers are expensive...and essential for babies and toddlers!

Donations of wipes and all sizes of diapers are greatly needed in our child enrichment rooms and by our families. 

Any quantity gratefully accepted, any time within 8am-5pm at the PPL Service Center in South Minneapolis.
Unable to donate items in person? Now you can buy and send diapers straight from our Amazon wish list!
Upcoming Events
Annual Fundraising Breakfast
We’d love to have you join us at our 2018 Annual Breakfast fundraiser as a table host!

Wednesday April 25
7:00-7:30 a.m. Coffee & Networking
7:30-8:30 a.m. Program
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel

Please contact Teresa for more information on attending.
Fashion with a Passion
Join PPL's Ready for Success program on Thursday May 3 at 6-8:30pm for their annual fundraising event, Fashion with a Passion!

Shop the boutique's clothing, designer handbags, and jewelry, and bid on great silent auction items to help Ready for Success thrive. Giving back never looked so stylish!

Buy your tickets by registering with Jennifer at 612-872-1509.
Downtown View Grand Opening
A new PPL building is opening in Minneapolis!

In collaboration with YouthLink, Downtown View will provide housing to young adults age 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness.

Join us at the open house!
 Tuesday May 15, 4-6pm
41 N. 12th St.